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Stephen Crabb backs boycott of Russian LNG over nerve agent attack

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LOCAL MP Stephen Crabb has urged the Prime Minister to block Russian imports of Liquefied Natural Gas in the wake of Russia’s suspected use of a nerve agent against a former Russian spy in Wiltshire.

Salisbury, the cathedral city, where this week local market traders are selling fresh organic vegetables, amid nervous talk of chemical weapons, and men in protective suits and gas masks walking in and out of the local pub.

The risks to the local population were made all the more apparent with the declaration late last week, that hundreds of local people could be affected, after traces of the nerve agent – since identified as the highly lethal Novichok – were detected in the local branch of Italian restaurant Zizzi and the popular Mill public house.

Following the Prime Minister’s statement to Parliament on Wednesday (Mar 14), outlining the retaliation measures the UK would be taking against Russia, Mr Crabb stood up to give his backing to the Prime Minister’s response but called for her to go even further by blocking Russian imports of LNG.

The UK has received several deliveries of Russian LNG cargoes this winter as Russia has increased its LNG exports.

The Preseli Pembrokeshire MP told The Herald: “Russia deliberately tries to extend its influence across Europe through its energy supplies. But Britain should not be providing a market for Russian gas. We have excellent LNG import facilities here in Pembrokeshire trading with strong allies such as Qatar and Malaysia. If we need more gas coming into the UK then we should be importing it from them.”

“I was encouraged by the Prime Minister’s promise to look into this issue and I look forward to seeing whether the Government decides to support my call for a boycott of Russian gas.”

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Newgale: New £30m road proposed to combat coastal damage

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL has revealed a preferred new route for a road around Newgale today (Sept 25) at an event in Roch.

The new stretch of road would begin at Pencym and end at a new roundabout near Roch.

A new route is needed due to fears about road closures during high tides and winds, as well as coastal damage caused by global warming.

Reports have suggested that the current Newgale road may not exist in 20 years times.

The new route could cost up to £30m – compared to £40m a proposed viaduct would cost – and would need funding from the Welsh Government.

A Welsh Government spokesman said: “Transport officials will continue to work closely with the authority as they progress with their studies and firm up their proposals for addressing the current problems with the A487.

“Welsh Government is open to consider an application for funding to move forward the development work.”

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MP calls on Welsh Government to explain broadband delays

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STEPHEN CRABB has called on the Welsh Government to come clean over broadband rollout delays.

Minister Julie James AM, whose responsibilities include digital infrastructure and inclusion, has been urged to explain the reasons for delays to the rollout of superfast broadband to rural properties across Wales.

Last year, the Superfast Cymru scheme saw BT receive £425m in return for connecting the vast majority of premises in Wales to next-generation broadband.

When the contract ended, 90,000 mainly rural properties still had not been connected. Further details of another scheme to complete the work were due to be announced in July, but at the start of August, Julie James AM suddenly announced that ‘unforeseen issues’ were causing delays which could not be further discussed because of ‘commercial confidentiality’.

Stephen Crabb, MP for Preseli Pembrokeshire, said: “It’s simply unacceptable for the Minister responsible to announce delays to the next stage of Broadband rollout but refuse to explain why. Access to reliable, fast broadband is of increasing importance to businesses, large and small, in Pembrokeshire and I have worked with many across the constituency to improve their broadband access.

“However, the digital divide continues to exist with rural communities in Pembrokeshire suffering again. It is an inescapable fact that delivery of broadband infrastructure is devolved to the Welsh Government and Julie James AM should now come forward and explain the reasons for these delays.”

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Air ambulance lands at ‘serious’ crash scene

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THE WALES AIR AMBULANCE has landed at the scene of a serious crash this morning (Sept 25) between the Sentry Cross and Honeyborough roundabouts on the A477.

Posts on Facebook from witnesses at the scene say a man is being treated by paramedics.

Police have said one car was involved in the incident.

In addition to the helicopter, Dyfed-Powys Police, the Welsh Ambulance Service and Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service are at the scene.

The road is currently closed with diversions in place.

A police spokesperson said:  “Dyfed-Powys Police is at the scene of a serious RTC between the Sentry Cross and Honeyborough roundabouts, Pembrokeshire.

“The A477 stretch between those roundabouts is currently closed while emergency services deal with the incident. One car is involved; the driver has received serious injuries.

“No further information is available at this time.”

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